‘Namma ooru’ Richard Branson set to fly into space | Bet you didn’t know about his Indian roots

In a couple of hours from now, enterprise tycoon Sir Richard Branson is all set to make historical past by changing into the primary billionaire to fly into outer area. However Branson shouldn’t be the one one eyeing the coveted distinction.

Billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos can be set for an area mission. He’s scheduled to fly into outer area later this month.

For whom do Indians cheer for on this area race? The reply is – “Namma ooru payan [Our country boy] Sir Richard”.

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In December of 2019, Sir Richard Branson had revealed his ties to India at a press convention through the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s flight from Mumbai to London. He had instructed reporters {that a} DNA check revealed how a few of his ancestors have been of Indian descent.

Richard’s India join

Sir Richard Branson had even stated in a social media submit, “Nice to be in India to have fun @virginatlantic’s new path to Mumbai and be a part of #AnandMahindra for our Enterprise Is An Journey occasion. We additionally unveiled our latest flying icon, named Aria, after my nice nice nice grandfather’s spouse who was Indian.”

“I knew that I had previous generations dwelling in India, however hadn’t realised how sturdy our connections have been. So, it turned out that from 1793, we had 4 generations dwelling right here in Cuddalore and one in every of my nice, nice, nice grandmothers was an Indian named Aria who was married to one in every of my nice, nice, nice grandfathers,” Sir Richard Branson had instructed reporters.

He added, “Each time I meet an Indian, I say we is perhaps kin.”

VSS Unity

Sir Richard Branson will probably be part of his firm Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight with a crew. The “VSS Unity” has a six-member crew that can take off from New Mexico on July 11.

Whereas making the announcement about his journey to outer area, Sir Richard Branson stated in a tweet, “I’ve at all times been a dreamer. My mum taught me to by no means hand over and to achieve for the celebrities. On July 11, it’s time to flip that dream right into a actuality aboard the subsequent @VirginGalactic spaceflight.”

Curiously, VSS Unity can even have a crew member of Indian origin – Sirisha Bandla. The 34-year-old aeronautical engineer had stated in a tweet earlier, “I’m so extremely honoured to be part of the superb crew of #Unity22, and to be part of an organization whose mission is to create space accessible to all.”

The Unity 22 mission will probably be VSS Unity’s twenty-second check flight, and that is Virgin Galactic’s fourth spaceflight with a crew onboard. Moreover, it has the credit score of being the primary spaceflight with two pilots and 4 mission specialists contained in the cabin, together with the corporate’s founder, ‘Namma ooru payan’ Sir Richard Branson.

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